Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 1, Issue 4, Winter 1994

Joe Frank Jones, III
Pages 10-19

Moral Growth in Children’s Literature
A Primer with Examples

This essay applies a plausible model for moral growth to examples of secular and religious children’s literature. The point is that moral maturation, given this model, requires imaginary worlds on both secular and religious presuppositions. Trying to guide a child’s reading toward either religious or secular books rather than toward good literature is shown therefore to miss the mark of good parenting.